Liverpool’s transfer business this summer will be an interesting study. At the start of the year when the Reds were flying high at the top of the league and the new Nike kit deal was the talk of the town there was a feeling that Jürgen Klopp would be spending big to defend his title. However, the impact of the global health crisis has curtailed the club’s spending ability. Thankfully Jürgen Klopp’s style means that Liverpool don’t need any big money transfers.
Strongest starting XI
At the minute the Reds have the strongest starting XI in world football and the medals to prove it, they are of course the reigning world champions.
Improving on the current first team is nigh on impossible without spending hundreds of millions. The current team just works. Jürgen Klopp has found success by drilling players into performing specific roles combining together for one cohesive unit pushing together in the same direction.
This Liverpool team is just that: a team. Signing a superstar midfielder who may be a technical upgrade on Gini Wijnaldum is all well and good but then you have to integrate this superstar into a well oiled machine which is more trouble than its worth.
Who likes the bench?
The strength of the starting XI means that any megabucks Liverpool transfers would find themselves starting on the bench more often than not.
Given the egos in the game today you are unlikely to find a marquee signing who wouldn’t mind spending their season as a second choice, even if that is second choice at Anfield.
The strength of the starting XI therefore doesn’t just make big money Liverpool transfers unnecessary but also unrealistic.
Consistency is key
Liverpool don’t rotate. Jürgen Klopp, when possible, plays the same starting XI every week, only ever deviating when injuries and big game situations demand it.
The reasoning behind this is that by playing the same team each week the pressing machine becomes more well drilled, players start to develop telepathic connections. Movement is slicker and more coordinated.
When you have to press so relentlessly, paying attention to various pressing triggers, it helps to be playing alongside the same teammates each week.
If there were any big money Liverpool transfers then they would expect to be rotated in and out of the side, much like the stars in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Consistency is key, there’s no point splashing out and just upsetting the rhythm.